Speech Pathologists

Our Speech Pathologists are passionate about the service they deliver and are happy to work with whoever you need them to in order to get the improvements you seek. This may include teachers, parents, nursing home staff, other therapists or any number of people that you need to communicate with. Whether they’re helping you to swallow, talk or play, they will engage with you at your level to build a rapport. We love that our therapists are trusted by you to deliver such an important life skill as communicating effectively.

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Lauren | Lisa | BridgetEmily Emma Kiara | Kim Gail

Lauren

• Master of Speech Pathology
• Bachelor of Arts

Lauren is an Owner, Director and Speech Pathologist at Eat Speak Learn. Prior to establishing her the clinic in 2014, Lauren worked in the community health sector providing a wide range of services in Canberra, Yass and surrounds for the government. The roll out of the NDIS meant a dramatic scaling back of these services and allied health professionals like Lauren had their world turned upside down. Lauren chose to launch Eat Speak Learn because she saw an opportunity to deliver therapeutic supports better. Lauren is tireless advocate for those that can’t advocate for themselves. She got into the disability sector because of her love of linguistics, languages and helping people. She is a mother of two and appreciates the complexities of trying to do the best for an individual in a family environment.

Lisa

• Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)
• Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
• Effective Leadership in Health Program

Lisa is new to Canberra and to Eat Speak Learn. Lisa is a qualified speech pathologist with extensive experience working with adults with acquired swallowing and communication impairments. Lisa has worked in both hospital and community settings. Lisa is passionate about helping adults achieve their goals to actively participate in their community and live life to the fullest. When she’s not working, Lisa loves to spend time with her husband and three kids exploring the outdoors and everything Canberra and the South Coast has to offer. In her spare time (ha!) she loves to read fiction and cook with her thermomix.

Bridget

• Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology
• Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD)
• Sounds-Write First Rate Phonics Program

Bridget is one of five children that grew up in the Riverina. Her love for the country is reflected in her enthusiasm in exploring the countryside and tracking down a good chocolate milkshake. Bridget is proof that speech pathology helps improve lives. Bridget was a participant in speech therapy as child and fondly remembers the sessions as fun times. She thought speechies were cool and we think she’s right too! Bridget’s community focused and always looking for ways to give back. Building positive relationships with the kids she sees is the most rewarding aspect of her job. As a big Moana fan, what can we say, she’s OK and you’re welcome to work with her at Eat Speak Learn.

Emily

• Master of Speech and Language Pathology
• Key Word Sign (Basic)
• The Hanen Program – It Takes Two To Talk
• Lidcombe Program
• Sarah Starr’s Paediatric Feeding Program
• Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 Training
• Pragmatic Organisational Dynamic Display (PODD) Introductory Workshop

Emily’s favourite quote is “don’t be delicate, be vast and brilliant” and we can assure you that she is. Her hobbies include ultimate frisbee, ice-skating, and piano. She is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin, and also speaks some French and Japanese too. No wonder she likes to travel!
Born and raised in Canberra, Emily appreciates the inclusiveness and opportunities the local community provides, whilst also allowing her the freedom and independence to spread her wings. Emily will not die wondering about the things in life that interest her. She embraces them. Independent and driven, she has a desire to help others.
Emily is a high achiever, but she also knows what’s important in life. Spending time with family and friends are equally important to her. A well-made cup of Earl Grey tea and a good book also helps her to wind down. With all these amazing interests and attributes, it’s no wonder that Emily has chosen a career providing support in people’s lives.

Emma

• Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology
• Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD)
• Sounds-Write First Rate Phonics Program

Emma is our maestro. It was her fascination with music, particularly the elements of voice and vocal anatomy, that led her to becoming a speech pathologist. She is an accomplished singer and pianist with some experience on strings and woodwind. She has appeared in musical productions and run her own music tutoring business as well as writing and recording her own compositions.

Emma appreciates what’s good in life and does her best to live a healthy. From a family of bakers, she’s conditioned to ‘rising’ early and making the most out of each day. When not working on her music or providing therapy, Emma can be found at yoga, pilates, netball or the movies. Honest, empathetic and altruistic, Emma knows what she wants out of life and has all the skills at her fingertips to get herself there.

Kiara

• Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology
• Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD)
• Sounds-Write First Rate Phonics Program

Kiara is high energy and secretly a big kid at heart. She’s got the lowdown on all the coolest and latest kids movies and tv shows. As a child Kiara had the opportunity to witness her brother attend speech pathology sessions. It was this experience, and her desire to help people, that led her into becoming a Speech Pathologist. The glow you get from Kiara when you achieve something you’ve never done before, no matter how small, is infectious. Kiara was brought up to respect hard work which you will see in the way she delivers her sessions. She strives to help you achieve your goals and your maximum potential. She is willing to give anything a go and is always keen for a giggle.

Kim

• Master of Speech and Language Pathology
• LSVT Loud
• Picture Exchange System(PECS)
• Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding treatment
• PROMPT for severe speech disorders
• Lidcombe program for stuttering.

Kim is a mother of three and a carer to her pet cat and husband. Speech pathology is Kim’s second career having previously serving the country in the Royal Australian Air Force. Ten years ago, she made the switch to fulfil her passion of helping people communicate. Kim has worked in various settings both in Australia and Hawaii including aged care, private practice, and government-based school and community environments. She also has extensive experience in providing therapy for adult voice disorders, complex swallowing conditions such as PEG to oral feeding transition, therapy for progressive neurological diseases, and LSVT Loud services. Kim has a special interest in linguistics and phonetics and has contributed to many Text To Speech projects including Siri with Apple Inc and Tom Tom GPS navigation system.

Gail

• Bachelor of Speech Pathology
• Graduate Certificate in Allied Health Management
• Graduate Certificate, Applied Management

Gail is our philosopher. Gail doesn’t just like to think outside the box, Gail loves to imagine a world without boxes. A tech geek with a love of all things medical, educational and linguistic, Gail is perfectly placed to help our clients with complex needs, especially those requiring assistive and alternative communication strategies. Gail has extensive experience in helping non-verbal clients learn to communicate.

Gail doesn’t care for the 5 star lifestyle but we think that she is a 5 star therapist (if there were such a thing). What Gail achieves with her clients is truly remarkable. Gail prospers with any challenge thrown at her. What she loves most about her job is the honour of being present when someone experiences the joy of expressing themselves for the first time.